What Is PTSD and How It Is Diagnosed
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There are various symptoms that begin to show or actions that can give a clear answer whether one may be diagnosed with this disorder. One of the many problems is that no age range is safe from suffering PTSD.
The third set of symptoms includes things such as feeling on guard, irritable, or startling easily. In addition to the symptoms described above, we now know that there are clear biological changes that are associated with PTSD. PTSD is complicated by the fact that people with PTSD often may develop additional disorders such as depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other problems of physical and mental health.
With that said self-help is also important and avoiding alcohol and drug abuse can also prevent this disorder from developing, having a good support system enforced and always remembering that life doesn’t end after something traumatic, it just makes one wiser in life.
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